Geal-charn by AlexFrood, on Flickr
I couldn’t resist another hill. I had been driving a few hours on the trip up to Aviemore to teach a winter skills course over the weekend. As I drove up the A9 on another Scottish blue bird day with these snowy mountains around me I couldn’t help myself.
So I pulled over at Drumochter, kitted up and head up the hill in the late afternoon sun. I decided it was a softshell day, later on it was more like a shorts day as it was so warm.
Even those it was warm and the sun was beating down the snow was still crisp under foot and I made good speed up the hill.
Geal-charn looking at Ben Alder by AlexFrood, on Flickr
before long I reach the summit area and headed over to the cairn, when for the first time I saw hulk of Ben Alder, A mountain on my hit list for a few years but one I’ve never really researched, and wow what a site to behold.
After a play around on the summit getting a few images, I looked over at the A’ Mharconaich and wondered if i should to that today, I didnt but thats a report for another day.
I must of seen almost every sort of track in the snow you can think of that day. I saw, Footprints, snowshoe, crampon, ski, split board, ATV, snowmobile, hare, deer, shrew, sheep and grouse.
Hope you have enjoy this short report. More to come.
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Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.